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Ontario Courts Weigh in on International Arbitration Issues

Two Canadian cases have recently touched upon the concept of international arbitration provisions and enforcement of international arbitral awards.

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To Sea or Not to Sea: Fifth Circuit Applies Maritime Law to Offshore Service Contract, Spares Indemnity Provision from Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act

If a contract provides for the performance of services on an offshore well that are regarded as merely incidental to the use of a vessel, does maritime or state law apply to the contract? The Fifth Circuit was recently faced with this scenario in determining the validity of an indemnity clause contained within a Master Service Agreement for services to be performed on a well offshore of Louisiana.

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SDV at the "Women Who Build" Summit

On Wednesday, February 22, two of SDV’s own, Alexandra Byrd and Stella Szantova Giordano, attended the “Women Who Build” summit in Hartford, CT.  Only in its second year, thi ...

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South Carolina Supreme Court Requires Transparency by Rejecting an Insurer's "Cut-and-Paste" Reservation of Rights

An insurer's "cut-and-pasted" reservation of rights, simply reciting policy language, may be inadequate to notify the insured of the particular grounds upon which coverage may be denied.

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Introduction to Insuring Construction Projects

On February 14 from noon to 1 PM EST, SDV Attorney Stella Szantova Giordano will present an introductory workshop on insuring construction projects at the University of Hartford’s Constructio ...

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SDV Supports Rhode Island Auto Policyholders in Amicus Brief

SDV recently filed an amicus curiae brief in the Rhode Island Supreme Court in support of insured motorists and passengers injured while rendering aid to other motorists.

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Oregon Supreme Court Confirms Broad Duty to Defend

A subcontractor's insurer refused to defend a general contractor even though they were named additional insured on its CGL Policy. Where does the insurer's duty to defend begin? Where does it end?

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Deleted Emails Cost Company $3M in Sanctions

What happens when a senior vice president ignores a litigation hold and deletes tens of thousands of emails? A $3 million sanction.

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Florida's Supreme Court Resolves Conflicting Appellate Court Decisions on Concurrent Causation

What happens when a policyholder suffers a loss caused by multiple perils, but not all perils are covered? On one hand, Florida's Second District Court of Appeals has ruled that there should be no coverage under the efficient proximate cause doctrine. On the other hand, Florida's Third District Court of Appeals has held that pursuant to the concurrent clause doctrine, there should be coverage.

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Louisiana District Court Declines to Apply Total Pollution Exclusion

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently decided that a broad total pollution exclusion in a marine general liability policy did not bar coverage.

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